We had fun making the modeling clay and the model! I added food coloring to tint. It worked, but for strong color, use stronger coloring gels. We painted our model with craft paint.
DIY Model Magic
2 cups baking soda
1 cup corn starch
1 1/2 cups cold water
Combine 2 cups of baking soda, 1 cup of cornstarch and 1 1/2 cups of cold water in a pan. Stir the ingredients until you have a smooth consistency.
Place the pan over your stove on medium heat. Stir the mixture until it boils.
Continue stirring to remove any lumps. Set a pan cover slightly askew and cook the mixture until it has the consistency of mashed potatoes. Keep a close watch on the pan and stir every few minutes to avoid burning.
Pour the mixture into a large bowl. Saturate a kitchen towel in cold water and wring out so it is damp rather than dripping. Place the towel over the mixture and allow it to cool.
Note: Do not be tempted to eat the dough! It looks just like frosting! My kids were begging to try a taste. I'm sure this is what is piped onto those great-looking demo cakes bakery windows.
Sprinkle cornstarch on a clean kitchen surface and knead the mixture once it has cooled until pliable, then use as desired.
Tips: Knead in more corn starch, a little at a time, as needed if the dough is too "wet." Keeping a damp kitchen towel over the extra dough, it will keep for some time, though if you plan to keep it for more than a couple of days, you might want to add peppermint flavoring, as it can start to smell sour. Don't make your model too thick, or the clay may crack in the thicker areas.
Ours kept for about two weeks and we used the leftover dough to make Christmas ornaments.
|Our finished cheetah model using the DIY modeling clay.|